Bike Friday

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Bike Friday Tandem Traveler
"Pocket Rocket" model

Bike Friday is a brand of high performance travel, commuter, and folding bicycle made by Green Gear Cycling of Eugene, Oregon, United States. The company also builds tandem bicycles,[1] cargo bikes,[2] bicycles that adjust to different sizes,[3] and custom bicycles for people with short stature.[4]


The Bike Friday travel bike emphasizes riding characteristics rather than foldability. It packs into a suitcase and "rides like your best bike" according to Ed Pavelka, former senior editor of Bicycling magazine. The company's co-founders and designers hail from a racing background, rather than a traditional engineering background. The company history says they sought to invent a packable bicycle that rode well over serious distances, loaded or unloaded, to save airline baggage fees.

The range includes tandems, triplets, road, mountain and touring models, a freight bicycle, and a bicycle that adjusts in sizing. Each fits into one or two standard suitcases that can be converted to a towable trailer.

Most Bike Fridays are built to order, and all are built in their Eugene factory.[5]


Cyclists owning a Bike Friday include broadcaster Phil Liggett, Race Across America champ Lon Haldeman, and Heinz Stücke.[6] The Folding Society's Buyer's Guide describes it as: "A high performance bike that folds. The sales pitch is that it rides as well as your best bike (aiming it by implication at the existing cycling enthusiast who feels a need for a folder), and this is quite a fair description.... Folding is not as easy as some of the others, and it is rather bulky when folded."[1] Other member reports at the Folding Society seem to concur, both that it "really is a very good high performance bicycle," but that it "isn't the most convenient or easiest folder."

The same company's Tikit bike addresses the market segment more interested in a convenient, easy fold while still performing as a high performance commuter bike.[7]

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  1. ^ Richard Ballantine (2001), Richard's 21st-Century Bicycle Book, Overlook Press, ISBN 1-58567-112-6

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